Auditory Verbal Approach
CHF professionals help children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak with auditory-verbal approach, a method that CHF introduced to Taiwan and made applicable for Mandarin-speaking areas.
What is the Auditory-Verbal Approach?
Auditory-verbal approach is a logical teaching method. It aims to guide children with hearing loss to use their residual hearing capacity with appropriate hearing aids or cochlear implants. This allows them to learn to speak through hearing. This approach also guides parents or main caregivers to help children with hearing loss develop hearing and verbal communication skills through auditory verbal stimulation in their daily life. The objective of the approach is to enable children with hearing loss to communicate with the society without limitations. Ultimately, they can achieve their full potential and live independently in the future.
Characteristics of Auditory-Verbal Approach
- Effective audiological management
- Emphasis on making use of audio cues rather than visual ones
- Using speech sounds as the major hearing stimulation
- Individualized one-to-one diagnostic sessions
- Deep involvement of parents/main caregivers
- Teaching pre-school children based on their natural developmental stages
- Professional teams engagement
CHF Auditory-verbal Specialists
At CHF, auditory-verbal sessions are conducted with a group of professional specialists. All of them own bachelor’s degrees or above, with academic backgrounds in hearing and speech, special education for the hearing loss, children’s education, nursing, psychology, language and literature, children’s welfare, or rehabilitation. These specialists receive more than 6 months of intensive training including theoretic courses and internships in real auditory-verbal sessions. Training is designed on the basis of international standards as well as local conditions and cultural characteristics. After passing a rigorous qualification exam and starting their practice, CHF's auditory-verbal specialists continuously receive professional supervision and on-job-training.